Job vacancy: Director of the European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL)

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) is seeking to appoint a Director to work on a contractual basis with the EDAL Project Manager.  The person is expected to take up responsibilities as soon as possible and must be available until the end of February 2014 when the current phase of EDAL will come to an end.

The European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL) is an online database containing case law from 17 EU Member States interpreting refugee and asylum law. It has been established with funding from the European Commission’s European Refugee Fund (ERF).  

Its creation in February 2012 was coordinated by the Irish Refugee Council in partnership with the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE); the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) also joined as partners during the second phase of development which commenced in September 2012.  
The current phase of the project will run until February 2014.  

EDAL’s objective is to strengthen the development of harmonized standards of protection within the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and, in particular, to increase consistency and quality in the interpretation and application of CEAS legislation.

EDAL’s primary audience are decision-makers at all levels, practitioners, academics and policy makers. It also aims to foster deeper cooperation amongst decision-makers and practitioners in Member States.

Post of Director
The Director will play an important role in facilitating the international conference in January 2014 and more generally will look towards the development and sustainability of EDAL beyond the expiration of the ERF grant at the end of February 2014.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:
1. Expertise in international and European asylum law;
2. A comprehensive understanding of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS);
3. A record of writing for publication (whether academic or otherwise) in the field of asylum law;
4. Proven presentation and communication skills;
5. Excellent organisational skills; and
6. An awareness of European Refugee Fund-funded projects and of the project-funding context generally.

Process of Application
Candidates are invited to apply by submission of a CV and a covering letter addressing the particular requirements of the post to Sue Conlan, CEO, at [email protected] by 5 p.m. (GMT) on 16th August 2013.  Your letter should also indicate your proposed place of work and whether that would be outside of Ireland. All applications will be acknowledged but only those applicants whose applications will receive further consideration will be contacted again. The IRC will therefore only enter into discussion with those whose applications are taken further.

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